PLEASE to take note, my dear Mr James McN. W., that your "dearest foe," 'Arry, is a candidate for the Slade Chair of Art in the University of Cambridge! This is said to be the age of testimonials. A few words from you, my dear James, addressed to the distinguished trustees, could not fail to give 'Arry a lift.
1. [17 February 1886]
Date of publication in the World (see below).
Published in The World, 17 February 1886, p. 14, and in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 118.
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]; see his application, 15 February 1886, #05099. See JW's reply, #11401, and a further letter, #11402. See also Quilter's testimonial, #05099. In the end, Quilter failed in his bid for the Slade Chair and John Henry Middleton (1846-1896), architect, Director of South Kensington Museum from 1893-1896 [more], was elected instead.